EKU PGA/GM Students Intern for PGA Championship at Valhalla
Three students from the PGA Golf Management program at Eastern Kentucky University had the distinct opportunity to volunteer for the PGA Championship at Valhalla in Louisville, Ky., in August; Erik Charron, class of 2015, hailing from Lexington, Ky.; Joshua Griffin, also class of 2015, from Shelbyville, Ky.; and Michael Carrico, class of 2016, from Georgetown, Ky. The students all had an internship at Valhalla over the summer.
When asked what made this particular event so special, Ross Lingenfelder explained, “This is the 4th major of the PGA tour tournament schedule. It’s special to PGA professionals because they get a chance to compete in the PGA Championship via the PGA Professional National Championship. The top 20 PGA Professionals automatically qualify for the PGA Championship.”
The EKU students participated in the event at Valhalla by working merchandise tents, shuttling spectators and players, working inside hospitality centers, and even coordinating other volunteers.
Lingenfelder, who is the program's Player Development/Recruiting Coordinator, continued, “This will give these students in particular up-close and valued experience with one of four major golf events, touching on every area of tournament administration. They also made contacts and networked, which could be helpful when seeking future internships or jobs.”
About the 2015 championship, which will be held at Whistling Straits, Wi., Lingenfelder stated, “Hopefully, we will have a student or two intern there next summer.”
Next year’s PGA Championship will take place August 10-16, 2015. Season Ground tickets are already sold out.
- written by McKenna Bowling, Student Assistant
EKU College of Business and Technology
Published on October 03, 2014